Women’s film fes­ti­val beck­ons

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Arts/crossword & Cartoons - Kundai Marunya Arts Cor­re­spon­dent

IN A bid to give women a voice, young lo­cal en­trepreneur­s are har­ness­ing both so­cial and on­line me­dia plat­forms to hold a talk show dis­cussing women is­sues.

Ti­tled “No Fil­ter”, the show will of­fi­cially launch at In­ter­na­tional Im­age Works Women’s Fes­ti­val to be held at Na­tional Gallery later this month. The show’s pro­ducer Amanda Marufu said she was in­spired by strug­gles faced while grow­ing up.

“Grow­ing up as a woman, I faced a lot of chal­lenges that are solely based on my gen­der. I’ve been treated in a cer­tain way be­cause I am a woman. I’ve talked to a lot of girls and I no­ticed a lot of them are al­most scared of am­bi­tion and want­ing more for their lives be­cause they feel like all they can look for­ward to is maybe find­ing a good man to marry them. I want this to show girls that there are ca­reer women out there who are suc­ceed­ing in their own right and that it is pos­si­ble to reach that same path if you work hard and be­lieve in your­self,” she said.

Marufu said be­cause of tele­vi­sion and so­cial me­dia peo­ple no longer con­nect in in­ci­sive con­ver­sa­tions .“And the sec­ond thing is we’ve grown up with the tele­vi­sion and the in­ter­net be­ing our go to for ad­vice and we don’t re­ally con­nect any­more be­cause of it.

“I want us African girls to have our own plat­form to con­nect, to get ad­vice, to grow, to be able to speak and be the women we are sup­posed to be,” she said.

“No Fil­ter” di­rec­tor Carol Marufu said the show fills a void that women every­where ex­pe­ri­ence when they find them­selves in need of ad­vice or a non-judg­men­tal ear. Talk shows are dif­fer­ent,

truly syn­thetic cre­ations of tele­vi­sion as a medium and have be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant on tele­vi­sion and their hosts have be­come in­creas­ingly in­flu­en­tial. They speak to cul­tural ideas and ideals as force­fully as politi­cians or ed­u­ca­tors,” she said.

Topics on “No Fil­ter” will in­clude is­sues to with lobola ne­go­ti­a­tions, dat­ing ad­vice, in­de­pen­dent women, to men­tion a few. This is our op­por­tu­nity to fi­nally con­trol the con­ver­sa­tion in a fun and ed­u­ca­tional way,” said Carol Marufu. A pi­lot for the show will broad­cast via Face­book Live to later be availed on the show’s YouTube chan­nel. “No Fil­ter” is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with a lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion for broad­cast­ing rights.

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